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Old 07-22-2005, 11:07 AM #1
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Need some netting help

Im looking at setting up a private field and the only real problem I have is the netting. I only have to net in one side and I found an 8' by 60' for 90 bucks, but what other stuff will I need. I know I need posts but what kind do you guys use and do you have any pricing information or places to buiy them. Also, I think I need a cable and clamps to run overhead that the netting attaches to. Can anyone provide insight.
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:31 AM #2
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Rent an auger (2-person).

4"x4" treated or (preferably) 6"x6" treated. Cement them into holes. Go 1/3 down, 2/3 up.

Netting on 4 sides is stronger. 1 side will need some tie downs for strength.

9' high netting isn't the safest but should keep direct shots down. You'll get a LOT of balls bouncing over. Keep your bunkers slightly under-inflated.

Expect problems on windy days. More posts = less problems. Thicker posts = less problems.

Is your netting 50% shade or more? If not, it might be useless for paintball.

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Old 07-22-2005, 10:33 PM #3
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Its this netting
http://kpropaintballnetting.com/
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Old 07-22-2005, 10:52 PM #4
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Unless Im thinking wrong, thats $1.50 per foot for 8' netting......I know NPS charges less for their field netting, and it's 10' high netting. You might wanna shop around for some other netting.

Another good way for netting is to use metal tubing for plumbing applications (I believe that would be the main application for it), might be able to get it real cheap. Other than that, the 4x4s and 6x6 can work. I've also heard of people using telephone poles as well.
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4x4 or 6x6 what though. Is there a certain name for it?
8' by 60' for 90 dollars isnt good?
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Old 07-23-2005, 10:57 AM #6
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We ended up going with 4X6 Pressure Treated posts... 16 foot with 4 feet in the ground.

would have loved to do 20' posts, but just couldn't afford it at the time..

the 4X6's seemed to be a pretty good midpoint from the 4X4. Space them no more than 30 feet apart
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We ended up going with 4X6 Pressure Treated posts... 16 foot with 4 feet in the ground.

would have loved to do 20' posts, but just couldn't afford it at the time..

the 4X6's seemed to be a pretty good midpoint from the 4X4. Space them no more than 30 feet apart
How much did you pay?
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I won't reveal what NPS charges for 300x10ft netting, but its under $1.25 a linear foot. Very good netting, I've been using it for about 3 years and works great.
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I think we paid about $30 per post delivered...Lumber prices will vary from area to area i'm sure.

Talk to your local lumber yard, they were cheaper than home depot or lowes.
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10 ft netting is really easy to maintain. Easier than 20 lemme tell ya.
First attach a heavy duty pully to the side of each pole.
next, the post earlier about going 1/3 in and 2/3 out is right, so roughly 3 ft in the ground is good enough, but you could do 5, but on 10 ft poles its not necessary. Auger the hole, cement that bad boy and make a tripod outta 2x4's to hold it vertical while the cement hardens (use a level to make sure its straight, the straighter the pole the easier to raise and lower netting.)
then when the cement hardens run a cable across the top of the netting stiching it to the top of the netting. then at intervals in accordance with the pole attach a good rope to the cable and then run that up to the pully and back down. (do that for each pole)
on the same side of the pulley attach a Anchor for the rope (one of those hooks used for docking boats). then all you hafta do is raise the netting and tie it down to the anchor.

If you experience high winds in a certain direction it does not hurt to do earth anchors to the ground in the direction of the wind.

DAmn that took forever..hope it helps, if not i can draw u up a diagram.

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10 ft netting is really easy to maintain. Easier than 20 lemme tell ya.
First attach a heavy duty pully to the side of each pole.
next, the post earlier about going 1/3 in and 2/3 out is right, so roughly 3 ft in the ground is good enough, but you could do 5, but on 10 ft poles its not necessary. Auger the hole, cement that bad boy and make a tripod outta 2x4's to hold it vertical while the cement hardens (use a level to make sure its straight, the straighter the pole the easier to raise and lower netting.)
then when the cement hardens run a cable across the top of the netting stiching it to the top of the netting. then at intervals in accordance with the pole attach a good rope to the cable and then run that up to the pully and back down. (do that for each pole)
on the same side of the pulley attach a Anchor for the rope (one of those hooks used for docking boats). then all you hafta do is raise the netting and tie it down to the anchor.

If you experience high winds in a certain direction it does not hurt to do earth anchors to the ground in the direction of the wind.

DAmn that took forever..hope it helps, if not i can draw u up a diagram.

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Thanks I understand you pretty well. I would greatly appreciate a diagram though. If I buy a big piece of netting do i cut it down for intervals between posts? Will two posts be enough for a side or will I need more?
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If your netting is ten tall...then run it as long as you can, then if you have a short piece of netting then you can over lap two about 2-3 feet and take heavy duty zip ties and stiche up one edge and then the other.
don't use the zip ties on the cable, they won't hold the weight of the net.

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in the backround you can see the ten foot. The cable across the top helps keep the netting up tight.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:25 AM #14
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pvc over top of fence post
@ lows or home depot
2in(i think) pvc--- $2.50
fence post -------$2.85
15ft length rope-- $1.50
eye bolt----------$0.30
Total------------$7.15
just take it down at the end of the day, i used it with 12ft netting. Paint games plus in springfield MO. has been using it for years. For more detailed instructions or pics drop me an email.
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It would also be helpful to have netting that already has grommets installed. Is there such a thing?

What do you guys use to secure the netting to the cable/rope?
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Old 07-26-2005, 12:49 PM #16
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It would also be helpful to have netting that already has grommets installed. Is there such a thing?

What do you guys use to secure the netting to the cable/rope?

Cable Clamps
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One thing I was just notified about......Mighty Paintball does have grommeted netting available, but it's not cheap - around $2 a linear foot.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:50 PM #18
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I bought 14 foot pressure treated 6 x 6's at Menards. Just ask for those. They cost me $40 each and there is a delivery charge. You will need to auger 3 foot holes and use 2 bags of cement to fill each hole.

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Old 08-11-2005, 10:27 PM #19
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I purchased 20' hybrid netting from kpropaintballnetting.com. It's the same stuff used at NPPLs

It was a little expensive but it is worth it... It comes Taped and Grommeted...
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Old 08-11-2005, 10:34 PM #20
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How much was their grommeted netting?
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Old 08-12-2005, 10:41 AM #21
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make sure you are not in a high wind area if you are using 4 x 4's or 6 x 6's! we learned our lesson the hard way last year. we had 2 5 man fields with 17' netting on all sides. we had 4 x 4's speced at 15' intervals. all poles were cemented in the ground. as soon as we dropped the nets for the first time we realized,,, "UH O!!!" well, we fought with the wind and we gave one heck of a fight, but the wind ended up winning of course, we lost everything late october last year. all the lumber and most of the netting was destroyed. over the winter we rebuilt everything using telephone poles, and we used earth anchors on every single pole! we cross braced like a "x" between the poles with the steel cable so even when we do get winds over 30 mph,, we can still play and not worry. (i still worry and have nightmares!) its worth it in the long run. dont go cheap on netting either, one bounce over hitting a parent could bring a world of hurt on your paintball community. i always buy my netting from www.paintballnetting.com we have mostly 17' and 20' netting. we used regular black plastic grommets at 3' intervals and we then attached caribeaners (sp) to attach it to the cable, and it slides like a shower curtain so we can easily do field maintenance, or in case of storms with higher wind gusts. best of luck to ya!
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